Archive for October, 2006

Project1 T. has always talked about eating catfish and how good it is, so I wanted to try it. He was right, it is good. It reminded me a lot of eating crappies in Minnesota.

We spent the night in the Northwest corner of Louisiana. Though we didn’t get to see much of the Bayou State, what we did see was beautiful.

It was really warm while we were in Shreveport – 84 degrees! I loved it. Now that is the way I like my winters. And for just a short time there – I thought maybe I had found my new home – these people in Louisiana talk as fast as I do!


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Yes, I left Iowa, but

Dscn7967 ….I just can’t get over the corn cribs! Had to share two more of them with you. I really liked this old one, and I really really like this round one. I wanted T to let me bring it home and make it into a house – I want to live in it! – but he just gave me ‘one of those looks’. (Sometimes he voices "you know, you really are crazy", and sometimes he just gives me ‘one of those looks’.)

I really think I could live in Iowa – I loved it. But of course, I’d have to leave in the winter when it’s cold! Iowa is amazing to me. Not just for the scenery I loved. 95% of all land in the state of Iowa is used to raise edibles. Mostly corn, of course, and soy beans, but other crops, as well. That is impressive. And Iowa supplies 25% of all the pork consumed in the statesDscn8086 – and raises over 2 million turkeys for consumption. All inpressive to me! Have to go now – I’m hungry.

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I’m leaving my garden and traveling, you see,
So Cindra made a new blog for me.
I’ll post while traveling far and near,
Please come see me
by clicking

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Oh, how I wish I could take a picture that would show the brilliant colors the way I was seeing them! The trees in the Ozarks were spectacular – shades of reds, greens, yellows, golds, oranges, and even purples.

When we left the beautiful corn fields of Iowa and drove into Missouri, we were in farm country – cattle and grazing ground. Most of the areas we saw in Missouri were fairly flat. Old barns and farms – and no more corn cribs.

We drove through some parts of the Ozarks in both Missouri and Arkansas. Most of the topography is gently rolling, except in the Boston Mountains. We took the scenic byway through the mountains to see the fall foliage – and I fell in love with their trees. Being from the Pacific Northwest, our trees are pines – very tall, full of needles, and very green. I love them and have lived with them all my life. Missouri and Arkansas forests/woods, are filled with deciduous trees – very different from the woods I think of – but so beautiful.

The long rolling hills and the mountain sides were covered in color as far as you could see. The road was narrow and the traveling slow, but it was well worth the drive – it was one of the most awesome sights I’d ever seen. I thought it was nearly as wonderful as the Forest of the Giants. I am so grateful I got to see this part of the country. I could easily live in Arkansas – or one thing – it’s warm!

And the accents! I love them! I have always loved listening to the differences. Every time I hear someone say, "you all", it just makes me smile.

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Hi Blogger Buds!

I’ve thrown together a lil’ typepad place for Momma to hang out in the wintertime.  I’m so magnanamous that I just spent the better part of my Saturday a.m. creating this new crib for Momma. 

Not.  Well, I did spend the better part of the morning doing this.  It’s 11:08 right now.  But.  It’s not because I’m selfless.  I’m really a selfish bitch.  Mom has had issues with Blogger…and I wanted to gift her a new place for my own devious reasons. 

One:  She won’t have to ask me to post her pictures all the time because Blogger isn’t letting her do so.

Two:  She will be able to post a lot more and share pics with me and anecdotes of her travels in a contained space with her hubby and Ms. Kitty (actually they call her ‘miss’ but I think she is a bit more evolved than that and deserves to be called Miz.)  Can you imagine the stories these dynamics can provide?  And that isn’t even including the stories of her travels!  Wahooooooo! 

Three:  when Blogger is down, like it is way too much, I’m up on typepad…and now…I can have mom up on typepad too…all to myself!

I love you, Mom and hope you find typepad a joy (after the initial learning curve, of course) and never turn back.  Blogger can really suck the big one.  But I’m so glad you are all out there hangin’ on and hangin’ in so we can have these cyberconnections!

Anyway…let the blogging commence.



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There is a two hour time difference here in Iowa – and I haven’t caught up yet. It was a very fast paced trip for us. Five days was straight traveling – trying to stay ahead of the snow and make it over the mountain passes. Due to the weather, we decided to forego the sightseeing on this first leg of the trip, and just drive straight through to Iowa. T still has relatives here in Iowa so we are visiting, as well as making some day trips so Terry can show me some of his old haunts – from when he was growing up in corn country.

The country is all so beautiful, everywhere. We left Washington state and came over some Idaho passes that were breath-taking. There was snow in the higher elevations, and along the sides of the roads, but nothing we had to drive on. Thank God – that’s not something I want to do in a 32 foot motorhome.

Montana hills were full of tamarack trees which are changing colors – beautiful golds and yellows in the green. And more snow on the mountains. I’ve always liked Montana.

Wyoming is a beautiful, open state, and I love the red rock there. They even put it in their roads – and makes me feel like I’m in the land of Oz!

Traveling always makes me think of those that came before. First on foot, then on horseback and wagon trains. I always wonder what they thought about the country – and since they couldn’t travel the distances we can today – did they think the world all looked the same? It amazes me to think of the work and technology it took to get from that point – to our highways and freeways and where there are today with travel.

South Dakota was where we starting getting cold weather. The land is every changing -driving through mountains and then into long rolling hills. It’s all beautiful to me. Lots of corn fields there, too. Of course, we stopped at Wall Drug.

When we crossed the state line into Iowa, it dawned on me that it had been a long time since I’d seen a pine tree! There are no mountains here either, but beautiful rolling hills. It’s all farm land where we are – acres and acres of corn fields. And beautiful two story farm houses – each with requisite barn and corn crib. I’m fascinated with the corn cribs. And I’m really liking Iowa!

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Happy Birthday, Scott!

My son is 34 years old today – but he’ll always be my baby boy. This is the card I sent him for his birthday. I doubt he’ll think it’s as cute as I think it is – but he’ll humor me.

Cindra Jo often times sends me birthday cards that say “To My Mommy”; those cute little ones that toddlers send. Other times she’ll send sentimental ones. Scott always sends beautiful, sentimental cards, and Brookie sends either sentimental cards, or cards with jokes about being in our family.

I love cards of all kinds – the funny ones, the cute ones, the sentimental ones that make me cry. I have listened to a lot of women complaining, over the years, because their kids forgot to send them a card for their birthday. I always tell them that my kids never forget.

Of course, when it is about two weeks before my birthday, I start asking them every other day or so, “You are aware of a very significant day coming soon, aren’t you? A day which should be at least a national holiday?”

Gotta go – T is ready for me to move – we are hoping to get out of this state, across another, and into a different one by the time we stop tonight! (And I still have to call Scott and sing Happy Birthday to him!)

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